Archive for December, 2011

Data Binding IsEnabled values to the WP7 appbar button

If you’ve ever tried to databind values to a WP7 application appbar, you will realize that its not possible to do so. This will mean, for example, that you will not be able to enable/disable an appbar button by setting the value in your View Model. You will instead, need to do this from the […]

Minimize data binding lag in WP7 by delaying the load data for the ViewModel Items

In a Model View ViewModel (MVVM) WP7 app, the loading of data for the ViewModel items usually gets executed in the page “Loaded” event. When the ViewModel Items is huge (list of many items), there is a noticeable lag though, when navigating to the page, and having the page opened. For example, click a link […]

SG Used Cars 1.3 for mango, now on marketplace

The SG Used Cars app mango update is finally up on marketplace. Version 1.3 does not add new features but only improvements to the existing ones. One improvement is the fast app switching. You can now multi task and switch back to the app and it will open immediately. The other improvement is that when […]

Changing font size, color and style of WP7 Panorama/Pivot title

While helping out at the Nokia X-Calibre hackathon, one of the most commonly asked question I got was, The font size of the panaroma/pivot title is too big. How do I change the size, or even add an image to the title, while still maintaining the default margins… It really is simple to do this. […]

Nokia Lumia 800.. a piece of art!

Been using the Lumia 800 for the last few days, and this has by far, been the best WP7 phone I have ever used! No doubts about it. Everything about this phone screams of quality. From the size of the phone, to the screen quality, the material of the phone body itself, and finally, the […]

Review of STOMP Mobile

Joyce Lim, who writes a weekly column in e27, a tech-blog, contacted me a few days back expressing interest in doing a review of one of my WP7 app, STOMP Mobile. I wrote back to her giving some insights on why I chose to develop this app.